Pauline Layton Papers, 1967-1999

Collection Number: 7620

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Pauline Layton papers, 1967-1999
Collection Number:
7620
Creator:
Pauline Layton
Quantity:
0.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts, clippings, pamphlets and other published materials, videos.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Documents from the creation and early years of Cornell's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered student groups, and the Cornell Women's Studies Program (1968-1981). Pamphlets, articles, and other documents on the women's, sexual liberation, and gay liberation movements of the late 1960's and 1970's. Layton's reflections on her own gender and sexual identity. Videos concerning AIDS and equal rights for gays and lesbians.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Pauline Layton is a native Ithacan who studied mathematics at Cornell, but later became a musician, writer, and videographer.
Member of Cornell's Student Homophile League, 1968-1970; member of University of Massachusetts at Amherst Student Homophile League, 1970-1972; attended meetings of Cornell's GayPAC, 1979-1981.
Used local Public Access Television facilities to produce informative programming about AIDS-related services and also to campaign for local legislation in support of gay equal rights in housing and employment.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The collection contains documents from and reflections on the creation and early years of Cornell's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered student groups and the Cornell Women's Studies Program (1968-1981), plus pamphlets, articles, bibliographies and other ephemeral publications expressing views of the women's, sexual liberation, and gay liberation movements of the late 1960's and 1970's. The collection also contains Layton's reflections on her own gender and sexual identity, including "A personal history in bi-gender mode," written 1998; pieces about transvestism and transsexualism written as she joined a bisexual support group in 1981; and an unsent letter to Janice Raymond, author of The Transsexual Empire.
Also, videos of programs produced by Layton and Ben Curtis for local cable television concerning the AIDS crisis in Tompkins County, and Local Law C, which passed in December 1991, and which included sexual orientation among the characteristics that could not be discriminated against in housing, credit, and employment. This show was produced to inform the public and allay fears about the law before a public hearing held in November.
A 1999 essay on teasing, gay-baiting, and violence among school children, including thoughts on the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Layton, Pauline.
Curtis, Ben.
Cornell University. Women's Studies Program.
Cornell University. Cornell Gay Liberation.
Cornell University. Student Homophile League.
Cornell University. Gay People at Cornell.
Cornell University--Students.
Cornell University--Societies, etc.
Cornell University. Gay People's Center.

Subjects:
AIDS (Disease)--Study and teaching.
Bisexuality.
Bullying.
Gay college students--Societies, etc.
Gays--Societies, etc.
Gender identity.
Hate crimes--United States.
Homophobia.
Homosexuality.
Lesbians--Societies, etc.
Transsexualism.
Transvestism.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)--Politics and government.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Pauline Layton Papers, #7620. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Women's Studies Collections Box 1
Series II. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collections Box 1
Series III. Videos Videos 377, 378

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I. Women's Studies Collections
Box 1 Folder 1
Women's Studies at Cornell; text of Kate Millett speech at Cornell; NOW printed material
1968-1970
Box 1 Folder 2
Cornell Chronicle "Report on Female Studies Conference"
1970
Box 1 Folder 3
Women's Periodicals: SDS Women's Liberation Resolution
1968-1970
Box 1 Folder 4
Pauline Layton Women's Studies bibliography
Box 1 Folder 5
Magazine Articles
1970-1977
Box 1 Folder 6
Magazine articles
1969-1981
Box 1 Folder 7
Articles by or about Cornell professors
1970-1981
Box 1 Folder 8
Women's liberation literature acquired at Cornell, printed by Glad Day Press
1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 9
Women's liberation literature acquired at U.Mass at Amherst, printed by New England Free Press
1970-1972
Box 1 Folder 10
The physiology of sex
1967-1977
Series II. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Collections
Box 11 Folder 11
History of the Student Homophile League
Box 1 Folder 12
Personal writings; correspondence: notes
1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 13
Clippings important to Student Homophile League history
1966-1980
Box 1 Folder 14
Student Homophile League constitutions; SHL newsletters and handouts
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 15
Student Homophile League table handouts; Society for Individual Rights Pocket Lawyer handed out by Dr. Frank Kameny
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 16
Columbia SHL
1969
Box 1 Folder 17
Gay Flames pamphlets packet; U.Mass SHL
1976
Box 1 Folder 18
SHL or gay items; "Why People Didn't Like Jerry Moldenhauer"; personal writings
Box 1 Folder 19
Gay magazine articles
1972-1978
Box 1 Folder 20
Gay comic strips
1970-1973
Box 1 Folder 21
Layton bibliography and notes from reading
Box 1 Folder 22
Androgyny: special issue of Women: A Journal of Liberation, and New York Times article
1980
Box 1 Folder 23
Transvestism and transsexualism
1973-1979
Box 1 Folder 24
Transvestism and transsexualism, etc.
1980-1998
Box 1 Folder 25
"A personal history in a bi-gender mode"
1998
Box 1 Folder 26
Transvestism and transsexualism, personal aspects
Box 1 Folder 27
Personal writings on sexuality
1969-1973
Box 1 Folder 28
Boston Phoenix article on transsexualism
1975
Box 1 Folder 29
Essay on teasing, gay-baiting, and violence among school children
1999
Series III. Videos
Programs produced by Layton and Ben Curtis for local cable television concerning the AIDS crisis in Tompkins County, and Local Law C, which passed in December 1991.
V-377
Video
V-377
Video